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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Sean Porter, Class of 2017
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Sean Porter, LPW Class of 2017

Owner, Loveless Porter Architects

Sean Porter, Owner, Loveless Porter Architects

 

Tell us a little about your job:

I am an Architect lacking love, hence the name…but not only that, I am an owner, provider of inspiration, and your village architect. We have been in Historic Manassas for years and will be for many more.

 

What’s new since you graduated from LPW? 

Time flies by, I now have a son in college who is turning 21 and one turning 18 this year. Also, we have finally relocated to our new offices, designed by Loveless Porter Architects!

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What is your favorite LPW memory?

The first night at the retreat…I can’t say anything more than that.  But also getting to see my classmates every month to learn and then hang out.

 

How has Leadership Prince William helped you get to where you are today?

In Architecture school, they should have said “if you plan on owning a firm, you should take personnel management classes”, but they did not.  So until I graduated LPW, I was winging it with my employees.  Although not easy, I am trying to apply my quad emergenetics to the management structure.  This allows me to react appropriately to my employee attributes.  Still a work in progress…

 

What does leadership mean to you?

“It may be hard, but not impossible” is a motto I have in my office foyer.  To lead is to make mistakes and grow from them in hard situations.  No person or project is perfect; it is how you lead your team through the difficult situations and arrive at a positive outcome.

 

Any final thoughts?

Our class motto was going to be “It took 10 years to Get it Right” but ultimately “Lead by X-ample” was selected.

“If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time.”

Feb
19
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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Kayne Karnbach, Class of 2017
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Kayne Karnbach, LPW Class of 2017

Manager of Individual Philanthropy, Detroit Zoological Society

Kayne Karnbach, Manager of Individual Philanthropy,  Detroit Zoological Society

 

Tell us a little about your job:

I’m the Manager of Individual Philanthropy for the Detroit Zoological Society. As such, I raise funds for capital and major campaigns at the Zoo. Some of the projects I raise funds for are animal habitat improvements and renovations and our campaign to build a new facility, the Great Lakes Nature Center. The Detroit Zoo was built in 1928 and occupies 125 acres in Royal Oak, Michigan just outside Detroit. I have a team of 14 people who help raise funds for the Zoo, which makes my role highly specialized. Unlike the DC metro area, most donors I work with are Michigan natives and as such spent a lot of time here as children and in growing up. As someone new to Michigan, that means I need to know about the Zoo’s history and what’s new and exciting. And there’s a lot of really cool things at the Zoo: we were one of the first  in the country to have barless enclosures throughout the Zoo; we have one of the largest Polar Bear habitats of any zoo in the country; and our penguin center is the largest and most advanced facility of its kind.

 

What’s new since you graduated from LPW? 

I moved to Michigan and started a new job.

 

What is your favorite LPW memory?

There are so many, but time spent with Jennifer Decker (Hylton Performing Arts Center) was always fun. We had the same sense of humor and just clicked. There were a lot of jokes and just funny off-the-cuff moments that I’ll always remember.

 

How has Leadership Prince William helped you get to where you are today?

LPW has instilled a focus on leadership, specifically what type of leader you are and how that fits with others in your organization. The second part, how my style fits with others in my organization is not something I thought much about before enrolling in the program. I was at a coffee shop last week and actually overheard two people discussing different types of leadership, similar to what we learned in the program. It really is something that is used and respected as a professional.

 

What does leadership mean to you?

Towards the end of the session, we had to bring in (and leave) something important and explain how that related to leadership to us. I told the story of deciding to stay home to raise my son. Leadership to me is making hard decisions.

 

Any final thoughts?

I’m grateful I had the chance to enroll in the program. I want to say thanks to my former boss Mary Finnigan and the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia for allowing me the opportunity to take time from work to attend. It truly made me a better employee, and leader.

Jan
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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Jason Shriner, Class of 2017
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Jason Shriner, LPW Class of 2017 (Lead by eXample)

Marketing Manager, City of Manassas Park Department of Parks & Recreation (that’s him with the arrow over his head in the photo)

 

Tell us a little about your job: 

I am the Marketing Manager for the Department. To put it very simply, anything the public sees regarding the Department probably came through my Division. My Division handles our social media, website, print collateral (including flyers and our program catalog), surveys, email newsletter and notices, photography, Department signage, community outreach, and more.

 

What’s new since you graduated from LPW? 

Well, thanks to a serious case of hands-up-itis I have joined a plethora of committees. I joined the marketing committee for LPW in March of 2018 and helped out with Summer Youth Academy in 2017 and 2018. I’ve joined a bunch of committees/councils with the Prince William Chamber of Commerce – I’m currently the co-chair of the Young Professionals council, the vice chair of the Not-for-Profit council (along with my classmate Steve Liga), and a member of the Strategic Plan committee. I joined the Haymarket Gainesville Business Association’s Board and became of member of their marketing committee.

I also celebrated my 5th anniversary as a youth facilitator with Metro DC PFLAG’s (Parents, Families, and Friends of the LGBTQ community) PWC community group in November 2018. As part of my work with PFLAG, I sit on the LGBTQ committee for SPAN (Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia) and the PWC Police Department’s Citizen’s Advisory Board. I’ve also spoken on three panels since LPW commencement discussing various LGBTQ topics with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Brides & Weddings magazine, and the USDA’s Supplemental Food Programs Division. Due to high demand, I have been working on a LGBTQ cultural competency and allyship presentation and I am FINALLY almost done (it took WAY longer than I thought it would – my structural green failed me …but I guess my conceptual yellow didn’t!)

As for personal, my husband and I will be celebrating two years of marriage in February 2019 (though as with most gay couples we have been together far longer). I’ve also gotten heavily involved in pickleball and participated in two local tournaments (I’ll win one eventually)! My dog, Punkin, passed away in June and we got a new dog named Eggroll. Losing Punkin helped me realize how much we take our pets for granted so I spent lots of time this summer with Eggroll on hikes and outings; however, it’s been an adventure since Eggroll still has a strong urge to mark EVERYTHING slowing down hikes!

For my fellow LPW gamers: I’ve been spending WAY too much time at the new Crossroads Tabletop Tavern in Downtown Manassas and recently joined a Dungeons and Dragons groupthere which I’ve never played before. While it’s definitely fun, I’m hoping to foster my creative thinking/writing skills through roleplaying. Also, if anybody plays League of Legends, I got an S+ with Zilean and Janna. Best ARAM support NA  🙂

 

What is your favorite LPW memory?

Honestly, there are so many good memories of LPW. It’s hard to pick just one. The one that is coming to mind at this moment is the activity we did on the last day where we wrote what traits we saw in each other. Whenever I feel anxious about a presentation or some other event, I carry that piece of paper with me to the event. It’s a tangible reminder that my classmates believe in me as a leader and so I should believe in me too.

 

How has Leadership Prince William helped you get to where you are today?

What I really love about being an alum is the vast network of alums I can reach out to for help or advice. Just recently I’ve reached out to alums including Betty Dean, Dr. Mary Lopez, Beverly Hess, Kathie Johnson, Chris Caseman, and Joy Ocetnik for advice on designing our Patron Engagement Survey specifically on how to properly and respectfully collect demographic data on disability. My Department is hoping with this information that we can better develop and direct programming and staffing to meet the needs of the disability community. Having a network of trusted contacts helps me better serve the community.

I’ve also had so many deep conversations with many of my classmates since commencement about my personal life and it has been so helpful knowing some people have experienced what you’re going through and can tell you there is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel! I didn’t expect LPW to have such a profound impact on my personal life, but having a group of trusted friends outside of my previous circle of friends has been an invaluable resource. I’m so grateful for LPW 2017!

 

What does leadership mean to you?

For me, leadership is standing beside or behind others and helping uplift and amplify their voices. This might be informed by my social justice work and my work in communications, but I think too often people think leadership means taking the lead – or maybe it’s more correct to say people think leadership only means taking the lead. I think when you take the time to foster your employees to be the best they can be and when you use your privilege to advocate for marginalized people, that is true leadership. Why? Because both situations put other people first and carry a huge amount of risk. When you develop an employee, you could be setting them up for a great career at another organization and being an advocate always carries the risk of making other people uncomfortable. But I think risk taking is part of being a leader! Especially when it means you’re helping others.

 

Any final thoughts?

Live your best life, make time for self-care, and do MORE of what makes you happy!